Ferndale High wrestling on the rise

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published January 11, 2016

 Ferndale High junior wrestler Kobie Davis, right, finished second in the Oakland County Tournament earlier this season and has helped the Eagles to an undefeated mark in the OAA Blue as of press time. Also pictured is coach John Bassier.

Ferndale High junior wrestler Kobie Davis, right, finished second in the Oakland County Tournament earlier this season and has helped the Eagles to an undefeated mark in the OAA Blue as of press time. Also pictured is coach John Bassier.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FERNDALE — Ferndale High junior Kobie Davis remembers just two short years ago when a night like this, Jan. 6 at Birmingham Groves, wouldn’t have been possible.

The varsity wrestling team handled North Farmington 45-24 and then beat the host team 53-18 to move to 3-0 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

“The past two years, we’ve gotten better. My freshman year, we were a team of 12 and pretty much got destroyed,” Davis said, also noting that the team finished second in the Blue last season. “I feel that we can win it this year. We just have to keep working hard.”

Davis has helped lead the resurgence. On an individual level, he finished second at the Oakland County Tournament Dec. 19 at Lake Orion High, falling to Novi Catholic Central’s Tyler Morland in the final. The Eagles were 18th overall as a team. It was their best finish in recent years, according to coach John Bassier.

“I’m thrilled. We have an optimistic future with this group if they keep working hard,” Bassier said, adding that there’s only one senior on the team.

Despite all the wins at the county tournament, Davis’ only loss in the final taught him the most valuable lesson.

“The kid in the county final taught Kobie a very good lesson, and Kobie’s a very quick learner, and that’s to be aggressive on your feet at all times,” Bassier said. “He won’t let that happen again with somebody.”

Davis agreed.

“I learned I have to work more on my defensive stance and make sure I’m ready for anything,” he said. “It helps tell me what I need to work on more (in a loss). In a win, there’s not as much to go through, but with a loss, I know I need to capitalize and work on different things to make myself better.”

Last season, Davis was eighth in the county. He said the difference this season is his patience.

“I’ve been able to focus more on the match and what I can get, instead of last year where I was rushing everything,” Davis said.

Bassier said Davis has a variety of takedowns at his disposal and is methodical in getting his wins.

“Mainly, I would say it’s his mat savvy. ‘What’s the situation? What’s the score? What do I need to do?’ He’s a very bright kid, a 4.0 student, and he doesn’t make the same mistake twice,” Bassier said. “He’s getting better.”

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